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Amano Raiden

Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

Odin's powered-up form. His improved skills increase his chances of decimating foes.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation esper section

Raiden (ライディーン, Raidīn?) is a summon in various games in the series. Raiden is often an upgrade to Odin.

Despite its English name associating it with the Japanese God of Thunder, unlike Raiden from Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings its Japanese name is not a match for it (see the etymology section for more details). In its original appearance at has no association with any element, and in its subsequent appearances it has being associated with Wind, Earth, and Lightning.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIEdit

VI

Raiden - FF6 iOS

Raiden.

Raiden is an esper obtained by bringing the Odin magicite to the statue of the Queen in the Ancient Castle basement. The Queen will drop a tear that will hit Odin, who will transform into Raiden. Raiden's summon ability, Shin-Zantetsuken (True Edge in the original version), inflicts Death to all opponents. Its Hit Rate is 140, works against the undead and will stall an enemy's Final Attack one turn but it will fail on targets immune to Death. It costs 80 MP to summon. It teaches Quick at a rate of x1.

Raiden's Level Up bonus increases Strength by 2. Because Odin is the only esper in the original game to give a Level Up bonus to Speed, many players kept him rather than transforming him into Raiden. The Advance and mobile versions adds new espers, making Odin no longer the only esper with a Speed bonus.

Final Fantasy Legends IIEdit

FFLTnS

FFLTnS Raiden Artwork

Raiden's default artwork.

Raiden appears as a wind-elemental summon. Similar to Final Fantasy VI, Raiden is described as an upgraded variant of the Odin summon and his design is based off his Yoshitaka Amano artwork from the game. The summon's special attack is Shin-Zantetsuken, which deals wind-elemental damage to all enemies and has a chance to inflict instant death. All versions of the summon are able to go up to rank 7. Summoning Raiden costs 3 points from the Consumption Gauge.

Raiden allows the user to learn the following abilities:

Upgrading stats
Rank Maximum Level Phantom Stone Cost Max HP Max MP Max Attack Max Magic Max Speed Components Needed
☆ 5 50 16 1.129 56 96 46 78 None
☆ 6 60 16 1,384 67 117 56 94 ?
☆ 7 70 16 1,612 78 135 64 108 ?
Passive abilities
  • The following are bonus abilities granted to characters equipped with Raiden.
Ability-Type Effect Minimum Rank to Activate
Cosmic Elucidation First Strike - 20% 7

Mobius Final Fantasy Edit

Mobius

Mobius - Raiden R3 Ability Card
The patron king of knights errant, also known as the "Lawbringer."
—Ability Card Description

Raiden appears as an earth-element ability card in Mobius Final Fantasy. His ability is Earth Blast which is a warrior ability that allows a cone earth attack. He produces four earth orbs in battle. He possesses the extra skills Bloodthirst, Elemental Retrieval and Guard Breaker. His auto-ability is HP Up+3%. He can be obtained from the Ability Card Shop or through Summoning.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited AfterEdit

FFUAfter Raiden appears as one of Kaze's summons in Final Fantasy: Unlimited After.

The Soil Charge Triad that the Magun must use in order to summon Raiden is:

  • A bladestorm of bonds, Sword Viridian.
  • Facing the road of extinction in a flash of an instant, Steel Gray.
  • And finally, a wave of fresh rage, Gladius Red.

Followed by saying: "Annihilate! I summon you, RAIDEN!"

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

5-122R Raiden is a Lightning-elemental card.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Raiden is the Chinese/Japanese word for the physical phenomena thunder and lightning. Raijin, also called Raiden, is a god of thunder and lightning in Japanese mythology.

The Japanese word Raiden (雷電?) is written ライデン? in katakana. The summon's name is instead ライディーン (Raidīn?). One possible source for this name is that it is a mix of "Raiden" with "Odin": In Final Fantasy VI Odin (オーディン, Ōdin?) does not extend the ディ (di?) sound, however there are other times in the series Odin's name has been written オーディーン (Ōdīn?).

There is a 1976 anime series called Brave Raideen where the titular mecha is named Raideen (ライディーン, Raidīn?). Yellow Magic Orchestra has a track called "Rydeen" from the 1979 album Solid State Survivor. The track is known for having been sampled and covered in many early Japanese video games, and drew inspiration from the rhythms of a running horse. The name for the track has been officially transcribed into Japanese as ライディーン (Raidīn?) (and also as 雷電?, the same kanji for Raiden).